One of the main reasons that entrepreneurs and business people around the world play golf is that it allows them to make, and maintain, contact with clients, suppliers, and other important people in their lives. However, what many people don’t realise is that there are plenty of other important business and life lessons to be learned from playing golf.
In this article, we look at some of the things you might not have realised about the similarities between business golf and business, and how they apply to your company.
Golf, and Business, Are Both Mental Games
When you play business golf, you’re probably focused on your stance, your swing, and all the other physical aspects of the game. However, if you don’t have the right mindset, and a strategy, there’s no way all that can make up for it.
Business is the same. When you’re in the thick of business, the most important thing is not how much money you have, or even who you know. It’s how you play the game.
One Shot Can Turn Things Around
If you’ve ever played business golf, or just played for leisure, you’ve probably noticed that just one ‘lucky shot’ that breaks a streak of bad shots, has the power to instantly turn your game around.
Business is the same. Even when things are going badly, if you manage to take one-step in the right direction, you have the power to turn it all around. Start focusing on the lucky shots, rather than the bad ones, and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.
You Can’t Change The Course – But You Can Change How You Play
Ever notice how many businesses sink during a tough patch in the economy? Ever wondered how those businesses that do make it manage to survive, or thrive, in spite of the economic climate?
It’s because just like great business golf players, they realise that they can’t change the course, but they can change how they play. They might not have control over the bunkers and woods on the big business golf course that is the woods, but they can adapt their strategy to avoid them.
Great Business Golfers Truly Love the Game
We’ve all played against a golfer who really enjoys the game, who practices, and perfects their game. The same goes for business. If you love the business you’re in, you’re more likely to put in time, effort, blood, sweat and tears – no matter how well (or how poorly) you’re ‘playing’ in the business world.
The truth is, one of the reasons that business golf is so popular, is that golf is very much a metaphor for business. It’s a game that tests your personal resolve, which requires focus and concentration, and demand endless work and practice. Just like building a great company.
It’s really no surprise, when you look at it like that, that some of the world’s most famous, tenacious and successful business people, like Donald Trump, for instance, are also some of the keenest golfers out there!